Who is Fayaaz Mahomed and what do you do?
I am a qualified Industrial Designer, part time photographer (like one in a blue moon part time) and full time family man. I own a product design brand called unfayzdesign that focuses on designing and making bespoke furniture and lighting solutions as well as other products. It is a very new brand/company, having only launched at this years Design Indaba under the Emerging Creatives banner, which was a huge achievement for me as Design Indaba is the biggest design showcase on the continent.
How would you define your style or art?
My style is very much of the minimalist/modernist approach. I have always loved the less is more concept/philosophy and apply everything it entails to all my work. It is extremely hard sometimes to make simplicity appear aesthetically pleasing and I try and achieve that with every piece I make.
What inspires your work?
I get inspiration from almost everything around me, be it nature or architecture or my family. Necessity also plays a huge part in my design process. I’m always looking to see what people need to make things better and try and come up with a solution. So I guess the best way to describe what inspires me and my work, is life.
What are you currently working on?
I have just finished a custom bedside table for a client that is a one off piece and falls under my current Slotd Furniture range. The range uses no nails or glue or mechanical fasteners to keep it together. Gravity and friction is the only things that hold it together. I’m about to start on a range of clocks made from my waste material. That way all my product’s are sustainably designed and manufactured while each piece remaining unique. I’m also considering a range educational toys for babies as my 2 month old daughter is at the tactile development stage in her life. So I guess she will be my muse in that regard.
I’m also working on supplying my products to a few awesome stores in the Cape Town region that supports and promotes South African designers and crafters.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you
The best advice that I can give to others is – don’t be afraid to go out there and show what you do. Don’t be afraid of what people will think and say about your work as it will only hold you back. Be proud and be confident of your brand and your work and the public will sense that and they always have awesome things to say.
Where can our readers follow your work?
I have a website www.unfayzdesign.co.za
Twitter – @Fayaaz_unfayzd
Instagram – @unfayzdesign
My Facebook page – unfayzdesign
My Behance profile – www.behance.net/unfayzdesign